By signing HB7069, Rick Scott and Tallahassee Republicans have declared war on our public schools. This bill is a national disgrace.
Gov. Rick Scott will sign a contentious education policy bill that critics fear will hurt traditional public schools in favor of privately-managed charter schools.
The Senate vote came after intense debate in which opponents contended the legislation was a giveaway to charter schools, which are public schools that are run by private organizations and sometimes managed by for-profit companies.
Posted May 22, 2017 Florida Voters Deserve an Answer from Putnam on HB7069 MIAMI, FL – All across the state, concerned communities are mobilizing against HB7069. Parents, teachers, superintendents, school boards, and community leaders are all speaking out against HB7069. This includes every declared candidate for governor—every candidate besides Adam Putnam, that is. While Mayor Andrew Gillum, Congresswoman Gwen Graham, and…
TALLAHASSEE – By a margin of at least 3-to-1 so far, Floridians are telling Gov. Rick Scott they want him to veto a controversial $419 million K-12 public schools bill House Republicans pushed through at the end of session… (Read more in Miami Herald)
Across the state, concerned community members are calling on Rick Scott to veto HB 7069. The Republican sponsored legislation is a massive, 278 page bill written in secret that siphons taxpayer money away from public schools and hands it to privately managed charter schools. FDP spokesperson Johanna Cervone stated “All children deserve a quality education, no matter where they live.” and “Our kids deserve better.”
If signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott, the measure would spread the money to more schools, including charters, for the first time, and reduce the amount available for district-level initiatives such as summer school.